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Crosby snapped a three-game pointless streak with a power-play assist Friday.

He narrowly missed scoring after skidding a backhander off the far post and was also denied on a nifty deflection attempt by New Jersey netminder, Corey Schneider. Crosby was in jeopardy of falling into a four-game point slump for the first time since 2009. The assist on the man advantage represented just his sixth power-play point in 24 games.

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Crosby was held pointless Wednesday after returning from a lower-body injury.

He skated nearly 20 minutes (19:42 TOI), compiling a minus-1 rating with three shots on goal. Crosby, whose .496 faceoff percentage is the worst since his rookie season, lost 17 of 24 draws. It appears he may still be operating at less than 100 percent.

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Crosby (lower body) will return to the ice for Wednesday's game against the Capitals.

A lower-body injury kept Crosby out of Tuesday's game, but he skated Wednesday morning and said he "felt good." The 27-year-old has 15 goals and 36 assists on the season to go with a plus-7 rating.

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Crosby (lower body) skated again Wednesday morning, but an announcement on his status for the game later in the evening against the Capitals has yet to be revealed, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Since Wednesday's skate was just an optional one for the Penguins after Tuesday's win over the Jets, the media was unable to inquire about Crosby's availability versus the Capitals. For what it's worth, Crosby was on the ice for about 30 minutes, and indicated he had "felt good" while skating a day earlier. It's possible the Penguins won't provide any updates until the team holds warmups 30 minutes prior to the game's 8:00 ET start time, so Crosby's fantasy owners will surely want to keep track of his situation during that block.

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Crosby (lower body) skated Tuesday morning.

Crosby won't be eligible to play Tuesday by virtue of his failure to attend NHL All-Star Game festivities, but things seem to be trending positively for the star center. He said he "felt good" during Tuesday's skate and will see how his body responds Wednesday morning before the team renders a decision on his status for that night's game in Washington.

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Coach Mike Johnston indicated that there's a chance Crosby could return to action Wednesday against the Caps, ESPN.com reports.

In any case, Crosby -- who has been undergoing treatment for a lower-body injury -- will miss Tuesday night's game against the Jets after sitting out Sunday's All-Star Game.

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Crosby received an injection for his lower-body injury and is targeting Wednesday as a partial return date, the Associated Press reports.

Crosby won't play in the All-Star Game on Sunday because of the injury, but is looking to return for the team's second game following the break. The Penguins captain has 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) in 43 games this season, and played 21:57 in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. The team has ruled him out for the team's first game after the All-Star break, but the second contest appears to be in play for a potential return.

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Crosby is dealing with a lower-body injury and will not suit up in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The Penguins have also ruled him out for the Penguins' first game of the second half, set for next Tuesday against the Jets.

It's almost hard to fathom, but thanks to a slew of untimely injuries, Crosby has been limited to just one All-Star Game appearance during his illustrious career. The more important note, however, is that it doesn't sound like Crosby is missing the game merely as a precaution, as he'll be forced to sit out another regular-season contest for the Penguins. Crosby has apparently been playing through the injury for some time and will require about a week to heal, NHL.com's Shawn Roarke reports. While it doesn't sound like a long-term absence is in store for the star center, Crosby's absence puts the Pittsburgh offense in a perilous place with both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang also uncertain to be available for the first game out of the break.

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Crosby went pointless for the second straight night Wednesday, though he did ring one off the post behind goalie Corey Crawford.

He's registered seven shots on goal the last two games, so he's still active and creating opportunities. Crosby led all Pittsburgh forwards with 23:06 TOI, more than three minutes over his season average (20:04). He enters the All-Star break with 51 points (15G, 36A) in 43 games.

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Crosby potted a pair of goals -- including one on the power play -- and added an assist Friday on Long Island.

The two power-play points (he also added an assist on the man advantage) matched his total for the previous 18 games. Crosby now has six points in his last two tilts (2G, 4A) as he enters Sunday's home showdown against the Rangers.